Day: December 19, 2014

More Americans aware of racism as a social issue

More Americans aware of racism as a social issue

Americans are more conscious of racism as an important social issue than at any time since 1992. Gallup: The percentage of Americans naming “race relations” or “racism” as the most important problem in the U.S. has climbed dramatically to 13%, the highest figure Gallup has recorded since a finding of 15% in 1992, in the […]

Inter-Anglican body asks Anglican Church in Canada to halt changes on marriage canons

Inter-Anglican body asks Anglican Church in Canada to halt changes on marriage canons

An inter-Anglican commission on faith, order and unity has advised the Anglican Church in Canada not to change their canons to allow for same sex marriage. The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) has urged the Anglican Church of Canada not to amend its marriage canon (church law) to allow the marriage […]

Diocese of Long Island gives over $2 million in mission grants

The Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island has begun the distribution of over 2 million dollars in grants that he announced at the annual diocesan convention in November. The grants will be distributed during 2015 for international, national, and some local ministry efforts. The grants are made possible […]

The tone is nice but where’s the justice?

The tone is nice but where’s the justice?

Mary Hunt looks at the results of Vatican review of American nuns and is not impressed. Writing in Religion Discpatches, she has three essential problems with the report: First, there is the essentialism. Women’s “feminine genius” is a patriarchal fiction. Yet, it is trotted out time and again by Pope Francis and those who would curry […]

Stumbling towards equality in CofE and Scottish Episcopal Church

Stumbling towards equality in CofE and Scottish Episcopal Church

Marriage equality is the law of the land in the United Kingdom. But not in the church. And that gap is causing problems. Clergy and lay leaders in the Scottish Episcopal Church have written an open letter to their bishops challenging the tone and content of recent pastoral directions “to be unrepresentative of the generous […]

Presiding Bishop visits Northern Haiti

Presiding Bishop visits Northern Haiti

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori recently became the first ever primate to visit northern Haiti. ENS “It is a very significant visit for us,” said the Rt. Rev. Ogé Beauvoir, bishop suffragan of theDiocese of Haiti, during a Dec. 15 interview with Episcopal News Service at the diocesan office in Pétionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince. […]

New possibilities for the Episcopal Church in Cuba

New possibilities for the Episcopal Church in Cuba

President Barack Obama’s  announcement that the United States will re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba opens new possibilities for the Episcopal Church of Cuba (ECC). The Anglican Journal: U.S. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori lauded the decision on the part of both countries to release political prisoners who have been held in captivity for years. “The return of […]

Speaking to the Soul: What Passes for Freedom

Friday, December 19, 2013 — Week of Advent 3, Year One [Go to Mission St Clare for an online version of the Daily Office including today’s scripture readings.] Today’s Readings for the Daily Office: Psalms 40, 54 (morning) // 51 (evening) Isaiah 10:5-19 2 Peter 2:17-22 Matthew 11:2-15 Today’s second reading warns us of a great danger to […]